of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
Review written by: Alex Sandell
following review was written BEFORE seeing
the excellent Special Extended DVD Edition of the film. Click here to read my
new thoughts on The Fellowship of The Ring.
Bored and miserable Lord of the
Rings' audience members flee from
the theater during intermission.
The first Lord of the Rings film is remarkably well made, but not equally entertaining. The pacing of the picture bogs the entire thing down. The actors look deep into each other's eyes time and time again, usually in slow motion, seemingly grinding the film to a halt, as it stretches itself out past the three hour mark.
Peter Jackson, the man who helmed all three LOTR films, was a master director with his earlier work, including the bloody spectacular, Heavenly Creatures, and the just plain bloody, Dead Alive. I was surprised to see how much the hyper-kinetic Jackson slowed things down in his first mega-budget mainstream film.
The movie goes in circles and never seems to come to an end. Still, the FX are the best I've seen in years, and it's worth a dollar theater viewing, just to take in the wonderful scenery. Fans of the book will most likely be wetting themselves, but the casual viewer may wind up thinking the whole thing is all wet.
On a scale of 1-10?
5 (Click here to read my new thoughts on The Fellowship of The Ring.)
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